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Help for the Helpless

Updated: Feb 26, 2019

John 5:1-18

Last week we looked at how Jesus healed a royal official's son. If you remember, Jesus healed the boy before his father got back home. We learned from that healing the importance of deepening faith in our lives. A deeper faith is more important than a healing.

Today we arrive at another healing. The healing of the official's son happened in the north. Today's healing happens in the south. The difference in direction and distance between the two healings is symbolically significant. John 5 turns a corner where opposition to and hatred of Jesus begins to build. This is the beginning of the long journey to his crucifixion and death. In a strange twist, a healing is the catalyst for opposition to Jesus.